you know that
have a 70% greater chance of having a heart attack than non-smokers.
3 5 years of stopping smoking the risk of heart attack is that of a
to smoke after a heart attack increases the chance of having a second attack.
you quit smoking you reduce your risk of another heart attack regardless of
how long and how much you have smoked.
1) It increases the rate at which
plaque builds up on artery walls.
Each cigarette you smoke causes blood vessels to narrow for 10 to 20 minutes,
which in turn makes the heart work harder and faster to push blood through
Blood pressure increases because of narrow vessels.
It increases heart rate.
It makes oxygen less available to your heart and the rest of your body.
In women, smoking interferes with the production of the hormone estrogen, a
natural protection against heart disease for pre-menopausal women.
You may cough more often when you first stop smoking, because your lungs are
beginning to clear.
Nicotine withdrawal produces various side effects:
craving for tobacco
increased irritability and restlessness
usually intense the first to third day, then subside and return again day 10 and
the acute phase of withdrawal is between two and four weeks, but urges may
continue for months
Suggestions to Stop Smoking
(try one or more)
Make a decision one day at a time not to smoke.
Stop cold turkey do not entertain the idea of smoking.
You might want to set goals, such as reducing the amount you smoke
say from one pack per day to three-quarters of a pack for one week gradually
cutting down to one cigarette a day, and then none.
Join a stop smoking clinic or group, and learn with others how to quit.
Do not replace cigarette smoking by eating food. When you dont smoke,
food becomes tastier watch your weight.
Chew sugar-free gum to help kick the habit.
Choose non-smoking environments when socializing or dining out. Breathing
smoke from a cigarette that someone else is smoking is still harmful to your
Discuss how to stop smoking with your health care team.
Think of yourself as a non-smoker right from the start. Feel proud of
Talk to someone who has already become a non-smoker. Get a pep talk when
you need it.
Keep busy. Find something to do with your hands, such as crafts or
· Ask your doctor about nicotine replacement
therapies, such as NicoretteÒ gum or nicotine patches. These treatments may
last from ten weeks to six months.
· Behavioral interventions are available, such
rapid smoking method
Stop smoking programs are available in the community.